PBA DRAFT: Ray Parks on finally making the leap: "It's time"
Paul Lintag on Dec 13, 2018 05:40 PM
Among all draft applicants this year, Parks Jr. is easily the most decorated and experienced. And now is the perfect time to finally take that next step to make it to the PBA.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is not a rookie. That's the way he sees himself.
Parks finally made himself available for the PBA Draft and he's expected to be a top three selection for Sunday's annual showcase.
It took a long time for Parks to make his way to the PBA but now is the truly the time he says.
"I don't really consider myself as a rookie," he said.
"It's my first year in this league but I felt like I've had enough experience playing professionally," he added.
The former two-time UAAP MVP with the NU Bulldogs had several stops in other places before reaching the PBA.
Parks tried his luck in the NBA D-League, playing for the Texas Legends.
He's also playing in his third season in the ABL where he's a one-time champion and two-time local MVP for San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas.
Among all draft applicants this year, Parks Jr. is easily the most decorated and experienced.
And now is the perfect time to finally take that next step to make it to the PBA.
"People get the misconception that if you don’t play in the PBA you’re not a pro but you can play in so many different leagues and be a professional. I’ve felt it in so many leagues, professional and local and across Asia so I consider myself a professional. It doesn’t matter what league you played in it’s still basketball, it’s a new chapter of my life," Parks said.
"I've seen a lot of things, played in a lot of leagues. For me, it's time [for the PBA]," he added.
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